Police said a 16-year-old student with a gun fired two shots into the air at North Thurston High School in Lacey, Washington, Monday morning when a teacher made the life-risking decision to tackle the shooter before he could harm any students.
Thanks to the heroic actions of the teacher, identified by the school district as Brady Olson, the shooter was taken into custody and no injuries were reported. The school resource officer called in the shooting at roughly 7:30 a.m. on Monday.
A parent provided KING-TV a chilling text message she received from her child during the horrifying incident:
Lacey Police Commander Chris Ward told KING-TV that the teacher “probably prevented worse things from happening.”
“I think it’s heroic. I think it’s guttural. People rise to the occasion when they need to do something,” he said.
Students expressed their gratitude for their teacher’s bravery in the aftermath of the lockdown:
— Deven Weeks (@deven_weeks) April 27, 2015
I owe mr. Olson my life . I think we all do. I wouldn't have had the courage to do that.
— Joseph Delacruz (@LL_COOL_JOEE) April 27, 2015
Mr.Olson is my hero. Forever thankful for him
— Kiana Lená (@key_on_uh13) April 27, 2015
Thank you so much Mr.Olson for saving so many lives and having the courage to do that pic.twitter.com/WbTPjnZvPi
— Malia (@saamage) April 27, 2015
Students were taken to the football stadium and later released to their parents after it was confirmed that the area was secure.